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God As An Absolute Subject

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This chapter deals with the 'God as an absolute subject' paradigm of formulating the doctrine of the Trinity. The key theologians associated with the position of God as an absolute subject are Barth and Rahner. Although both Barth and Rahner are not widely used within African theological circles, their notion of God as an absolute subject could be very significant to the traditional Africa that already understands God as a being that is both 'Supreme' and 'Personal.' The context of God as an absolute subject reinterpretation of the doctrine of the Trinity was during the rise of the eighteenth century Enlightenment as a cultural period in Western society. It includes the general coldness to Plato and Aristotle that provided the impetus for an alternative model of constructing reality. The God as an absolute subject theology reinterprets the doctrine of the Trinity within the infrastructure of the Idealistic philosophy.

Keywords: absolute subject; African theological circles; Aristotle; Barth; God; idealistic philosophy; Plato; Rahner; Trinity; Western society



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